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Lavery, one of the Glasgow Boys, took two years to complete this important commission, and it made his reputation. He placed each of the 253 people carefully, without overlapping, so that we can see them all clearly. He based his composition on photographs of the crowd taken inside the main exhibition building. Queen Victoria, the only person seated, and her European relatives listen to an address by Exhibition President Sir Archibald Campbell.
oil on canvas
H 256.5 x W 406.4 cm
found in store, registered, 1893